Op ED: The Canon EOS R5 Will Be What the 5D Series Was to DSLRs

The Canon EOS R5 is shaping up to be one of the greatest cameras Canon has released in a very long time.

The Canon EOS R5 is one of, if not the, most highly anticipated camera of 2020. We’ve been wowed with the specs Canon has disclosed so far, and drooled over the EOS R5 images Canon released. As a fan of photography, it is hard not to get excited about Canon’s new pro-body camera. Now, more images of Canon’s next big thing have hit the web, and it makes us even more excited for the camera that could shake up the Mirrorless camera market. Could the EOS R5 do for Mirrorless cameras what the 5D series done for DSLRs? Let’s talk about this after the break.

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First Impressions: Leica S3 (One of the More Unique Medium Format Cameras Out There)

The Leica S3 is the newest evolution of the company’s very good lineup of medium format cameras and it’s got something very unique to it.

When I originally played with the Leica S2, I was enamored with the Leica S system and it’s approach to making medium format more like a standard full frame DSLR. With the Leica S3, the company is continuing that tradition with more or less the same body. But what is much different is what’s on the inside. This sensor is unique; the Leica S3 has a brand new 64MP sensor at the heart designed to keep the same 3:2 aspect ratio that so many full frame 35mm photographers are used to using. But of course, this sensor is bigger than a full frame 35mm option. Though at the same time, I’m still trying to understand and wrap my head around the photographers who will go for a camera like this.

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The Olympus EM5 Was Flickr’s Most Popular Mirrorless Camera of 2014

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We’ve got to give it to Olympus–despite the fact that Sony seems to have the larger overall mirrorless camera market share, Flickr’s most popular mirrorless camera for 2014 was the Olympus OMD EM5. Who can blame you when the current price is only $599. This camera is the one mirrorless camera that seemingly changed everything. It had a retro SLR style camera body, great image quality that holds up even today, fast focusing, and pretty much all of the features that a photographer will need.

In fact, I still use mine.

The report from Flickr, which was published last month and referenced by company reps in conversations with the Phoblographer, shows that the EM5 was not only popular last year but also for 2013. Yes, we’re talking about gear here, but it also means that the camera is solid enough to still be a popular option. In fact, the Canon 5D MK II and Canon Rebel 600D are still popular DSLR options amongst the community.

However, when it comes to actual camera ownership and popularity across the community there is a clean battle between Apple, Canon and Nikon trying to edge its way into the otherwise awkward three-way battle. Yes, your beautiful Apple product is popular, but it also means that the community has evolved into something that’s all about creating beautiful images instead of focusing on gear overall.

More statistics are after the jump, but we wonder how this might affect future mirrorless camera sales if at all. We’re probably thinking too deeply into this, but when a camera is just so damned good, why bother to upgrade at all?

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Review: C. Ming Wifi CF Card Adapter

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For many years now, EyeFi has been trying to find a solution to make their cards function better with CF cards and the cameras that use them. The technological problem has to do with the metal in these cameras and the SD/CF card being placed sideways. But recently, the company started to recommend the C. Ming adapters for their SD cards.

If you’re a person with one of these DSLRs and shoots both RAW and JPEG, your workflow and marketing may benefit from a card like this.

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Review: Profoto B1 500 TTL (Canon)

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When Profoto first announced the B1 500 TTL light, it rocked the industry. This light is the world’s first monolight that can shoot at full TTL exposure metering with Canon’s DSLRs. The company promises that a Nikon version is coming later on as well as further improvements to the Canon version. This light is capable of not only shooting at full TTL with Canon DSLRs and cameras, but it can also shoot in manual mode. With an interesting design incorporating the battery into the unit itself, it’s also not going to take up more room in your camera bag when you factor in dividers and the like.

Capable of shooting at 500 watt seconds of power, the monolight is pretty much around the output of six speedlights. Those tend to sell for around $500 a pop. And while Profoto’s B1 500 is around the same price (at least according to MAP) you still get the space advantage and much better color consistency. Plus, there is no need for extra batteries for each monolight because they’re integrated in.

But Profoto’s B1 500 TTL is best for wedding photographers and high end portrait/product photographers. However, it could convince others to jump on the bandwagon.

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Essentials: The Environmental Headshot Photographer

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Essentials is a brand new series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend. 

After taking a short break, we’ve decided to head right back into the Essentials for what we think an environmental headshot photographer would use. So what exactly do we mean by this? Well, here in NYC, lots of photographers like using a combination of natural/ambient light and blending it with flash. And due to the fact that they’re on location and sometimes without assistants, they tend to try to pack as lightly as possible.

While we often recommend using monolights, they aren’t as portable as a couple of hot shoe flashes placed in the absolute right positions to give the right amount of kick.

And for that, we recommend the following.


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First Impressions: Sigma 30mm f1.4 II (Canon EF Mount)

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Sigma recently updated one of their most famous and well designed lenses: the 30mm f1.4. If you weren’t familiar with this lens, it is amongst the most recommended pieces of glass for APS-C DSLR photographers. It renders the near equivalent of a 50mm field of view depending on what camera you’re using. This lens has always been known to be sharp, compact, and permanently attached to the camera of some photographers.

Then, Sigma decided to make a good thing better. And today, we have the second version of this lens–which is now included in their Art lineup. Upon receiving our review unit though, we were treated to a very delightful surprise.


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Running a Fashion E-Commerce? You Might Want to Look Into StyleShoots

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We all know the hassle with taking pictures of the latest fashion trends for our glossy magazines and designer outlet e-stores, right? No, not really. We don’t have a clue, because we’re not running a fashion e-commerce. But apparently, those that do are in dire need of a dedicated studio solution, according to a company from the Netherlands. They invented the StyleShoots, which is a dedicated, stand-alone, all-in-one photo studio for fashion e-commerces. And what the thing does is amazing. Not only does it take pictures with a built in Canon 5D Mk II, it also makes them ready for publishing by analyzing the structures and adding a true alpha-transparency background–something that can take quite a while if you have to do it by hand (second-assistant underscan rotoscopers will know what I’m talking about.) Finally, for extra convenience, the whole thing is operated by touch via an iPad.

So, if you’re running a fashion e-commerce and need to find a solution for the time-consuming editing process of your product shots, why not pay them a visit at their new NYC showroom? Details on the StyleShoots website.

DxoMark: Canon’s 70D Barely Bests the 60D, Doesn’t Touch the 5D Mk II

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According to the latest readings over at DxOMark, the website’s exhaustive lab tests are stating that Canon’s new 70D is just a tad better than the previous 60D and the flagship 7D in terms of sensor performance. And where this all seems to really count is in the high ISO performance with some variance in the dynamic range. A post on Reddit showcases a Canon user who is angry about this as Nikon’s newer cameras always outperform its predecessors by far.

So what does this actually mean in real life? Well, if you’re not going to use Canon’s new Dual Pixel AF for video recording and instead just going to take still images, you’re probably just going to get better high ISO performance over any of the other options. The 7D is still better for mostly everything else, though the 70D does have the 7D’s autofocusing.

After the jump, check out the comparison against the aging 5D Mk II and the 100D, otherwise known as the SL1.


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First Impressions: Canon 28mm f2.8 IS (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 28mm f2.8 IS first impressions product photos (1 of 7)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 2.8

Canon’s release of the 28mm f2.8 IS kind of had many photographers scratching their heads. For what good reason would a company put IS in such a wide focal length? To get a blur free image, you can shoot down to such a slow shutter speed due to the reciprocal rule of shutter speeds and focal lengths. At a fairly affordable price, one can still wonder why they would do something like that: but then you think about it. What if you wanted to shoot handheld with the aperture stopped down? Then you’ll need a slower shutter speed, right?

Right?

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Magic Lantern Implements Double Buffering on the 5D Mk II: Results in Smoother Video

Magic Lantern just made another awesome announcement via their Facebook page. One of their coders has implemented double buffering–which therefore results in less frame tearing. For those not in the know, frame tearing is when artifacts from a previous frame carry over to the next. It can be quite unsightly if you can spot it. However, the company has made great strides since first announcing that they found the CineDNG RAW video codec. Just the other day, they found a way to record the video output.

The footage above is from a 5D Mk II, and the footage looks buttery smooth. Way to go guys!

UPDATE: EOS HD says that it can go over 1080p!

Magic Lantern Figures Out How to Record 24P RAW CineDNG Video on the Canon 5D Mk III

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It’s here, finally! Magic Lantern announced previously that they found a CineDNG RAW Live View output on the Canon 5D Mk II and Mk III. However, they couldn’t record it for more than 10-12 frames per second at 1080p because the buffer was too large. They recently announced though that they figured out a way to do it at 1920 x 820–which is 2.35:1 aka anamorphic native on the 5D Mk III. Of course though, it helps to have a CF card at 1000x speed. Apparently from the post, 720p HD video is no real issue at all–but 1080p is. They can achieve 1928×902 recording for up to 700 frames before it stops; which equates to around just under 30 seconds of footage.

And from the samples that they’ve shown off, they really do seem to have that RED and Black Magic look to them. Unfortunately, after reading through their forums, it doesn’t seem like there is a solution for the Mk II yet. Take a look at two comparison videos after the jump.

Via No Film School

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Mesmerizing Timelapse of Meteor Showers and More in Northern Michigan

Timelapses are some wonderful things as we discovered earlier on from Google today, but this recent one put together by Lake Superior Photo is quite a beautiful take on the sights of Michigan. We not only see the Northern Lights, but planets, stars, and meteor showers.

Photographer Shawn Malone put it together by using Canon 5D, Mk II, and Mk III bodies. Over on the Vimeo page he talks about seeing sparring moose and howling wolves while trying to document everything. More importantly though, Shawn’s galleries are breathtaking.

Take a look at this timelapse, but you may be also be interested in this one about the change of seasons.

Canon 5D Mk II and Mk III RAW DNG Video Files Have Nearly As Much Range as Black Magic and RED Epic

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We’re still following the story and it is continuing to develop. Earlier on we reported on Magic Lantern finding RAW DNG video output via Live View with the Canon 5D Mk II and Mk III. The only thing is that they can record maybe around 10-12 frames for only a very short time. But according to Planet 5D, Neumann films has been experimenting with the files in editing software and clearly shows off just how much better they are. Originally, Canon users always needed to shoot a totally flat video with the Technicolor profile and then edit from there. But there wasn’t much dynamic range or room for error so they always needed to get everything totally right in the camera. With the new DNG files though, the Neumann is saying that the dynamic range is almost like that of the RED Epic and Black Magic Cinema Camera.

This is super exciting news, and if Magic Lantern can figure out a way to make this a better option for filmmakers then it will probably rock the industry a bit more by giving more life to older cameras. We’re personally wondering how it is against a Nikon D800E still though. Check out Neumann’s findings after the jump.

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Magic Lantern Team Discovers 2K RAW DNG Video Output on the Canon 5D Mk II and Mk III

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Years ago, the Canon 5D Mk II revolutionized the cinema industry with its full frame sensor and HD video output at 30p. Then a firmware was added to allow 24p. Afterwards, the Canon 5D Mk III offerred more improvements over video and at the end of this month, an uncompressed video option will be coming via a firmware update.

But the Magic Lantern team has announced via their Facebook page today that while going through the firmwares on the cameras that they discovered a 2K RAW DNG function Live View Output that was previously not known about–but it cannot be recorded. The team is currently researching more into it, but both cameras are capable of recording a 2040 x 1428 DNG stream. And at this point, we’re really wondering why it wasn’t allowed natively on the camera.

Further, they’re saying that the image quality is very good. If the team can figure out a way for it to be recorded, this will be some extremely exciting news. As it is, DSLR footage isn’t as versatile as actual camcorders.

Via EOS HD

Useful Photography Tip #56: Use a Rogue Flashbender for Macro Photos

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When you’re down to the macro focusing range, it is almost never recommended to shoot wide open. The reason for this is because you’re focusing so closely to the subject, very little will be in focus at any given aperture. So you’ll need to stop down the lens. But in order to also minimize your post-production, we recommend putting a flash on your camera to get it right the first time around. Set that sucker to TTL, and put a Rogue FlashBender on it and hover the modifier over the subject. The flash output will bathe the subject in beautiful soft light that will look extremely natural–perfect for shooting the rings at a wedding. Flashes can be affordable too, just take a look at this list! And when you’re ready for more, take a look at our lighting modifier guide.

Need extra help? Here’s a demonstration of how flash and apertures work together.

Gear Used: Canon 5D Mk II, Tamron 90mm f2.8 VC, Phottix Mitros, Large Rogue Flashbender

Want more Useful Photography Tips? Take a look at all of them right here.

 

 

 

Get Ready To Say Goodbye to the Canon 5D Mk II

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So here’s the deal: NoFilmSchool heard from Canon Rumors who read on Canon Japan’s website that the 5D Mk II is gone and officially discontinued. Indeed, when the page is translated, one can see that as in the screenshot above. But Canon USA’s website doesn’t reflect that in their listing at the time of publishing this piece.

Either way, it can be easily stated that the 5D Mk II was very much so a game changer. It created the HDSLR videography market when Nikon’s D90 couldn’t, and it became a staple for wedding photographers, photojournalists, portraitists, and hobbyists alike. I was a former Olympus DSLR owner but when the company couldn’t keep up with my demands, I made the switch to Canon when I wrote for Photography Bay. And to this day, I refuse to give mine up. Indeed, I’ve found many ways to still keep mine alive–most recently switching over to all Sigma glass which has given me some spectacular results and still uses the camera’s sensor to its fullest potential. That camera has quite literally helped me build this site and through some very tough times in my content development and photography career, has stuck by me through thick and thin. I’ve debated upgrading many times, but I simply can’t justify it to myself. In this world of gear-mongering; we really need to remember that it’s the creative that creates the images; and the 5D Mk II is more than modern enough to give many of us what we need and want.

The camera at the moment is still listed on Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama and Borrow Lenses. And it is probably the best bang for your buck at the moment for full frame DSLRs. Farewell, old friend!

Useful Photography Tip #48: Autofocus Not Working Perfectly? Clean Your Contacts With Isopropyl Alcohol

As our cameras get older, so too do our lenses. Every time we take a lens off the camera, little environmental nasties tend to get into the contacts of both the camera and the lens. The effect of this cause: slower autofocus confirmation or your focusing not working anywhere as well as it used to. The solution is extremely affordable and readily available at your local drug store or Amazon. Isopropyl Alcohol is designed for cleaning electronics as well as for other uses. For the best results, you should always dab one end of a Q-Tip ever so slightly and then scrub the contacts with a tiny of of pressure. I put a big emphasis on the word dab because you don’t want that stuff spilling onto the sensor by accident. Just to be extra sure, also try cleaning the contact area of your lens and body caps. If you’re feeling a bit braver, you can also try to dry the moistened contacts with the dry end of the Q-Tip.

So how effective is this? It’s kept my 5D Mk II clicking for all these years and helped to improve my Fujifilm X Pro 1’s AF speed a tad bit more. Proceed with caution and common sense and you’ll be all set to keep your device fine-tuned.

If you like this tip, be sure to check out the rest of our Useful Photography Tips.

Remember How We Said Helios Lenses Are Very Sought After? Check Out This Gem!

One of our readers saw our post on the Helios factory re-opening and wanted to share the fact with us that he’s selling his Helio 40 85mm f1.5. We like helping out readers when we can, so we decided that we’d show you this gem. I’ve seen this lens personally as quite a few of my friends have it; but they’re not parting with theirs quite yet. It is extremely sharp and on a 5D Mk II or Mk III can look really quite lovely.

If you’re interested, you can click the hyperlinked lens and make a bid. If you’re interested in more of what the company has to offer though, check out what eBay has to offer.

Review: Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L USM II

We’ve been testing the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L USM II for quite sometime now. The lens is a confusing one in that Canon decided to not incorporate their legendary IS into the lens to make it an even more attractive offering for photographers looking to upgrade their kit. It has a few ergonomic changes and upgrades and in some ways even surprised the site’s Multimedia Producer  Thursten Kent and I.

Like all zoom lenses though, the performance of each lens differs from copy to copy. The Digital Picture found some inconsistencies, and the lens performed differently on different bodies. After some micro-adjust I was able to get it perform well on my 5D Mk II. But this lens still remains to be one of the greatest mysteries in the Canon lineup to me.

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